Dr Laura Ward
- Research Assistant (Mental Health & Wellbeing)
I am a part-time researcher working with Dr Debbie Kinnear and the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory (SLDO). My work focuses on utilising data linkage of administrative health data to determine health inequalities faced by adults with intellectual disabilities. Areas of interest include oral health, anticholinergic burden, polypharmacy, prescribing patterns of medications taken by adults with intellectual disabilities and long-term conditions.
I previously completed my PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University (2013 - 2016) researching the impact healthy ageing has on the visual brain (functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy and psychophysics). I obtained a distinction in the MSc Research Methods in Psychological Science at the University of Glasgow working with stroke patients (2010 - 2011). I did my undergraduate degree (2.1) at the University of Edinburgh in Biological Sciences - Psychology (2005 - 2009). My experiences in academia are broad but always focused on applied health research.
Applied health, Intellectual Disabilities, Oral Health, Data Linkage, Public Health, Ageing